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To this day i SWEAR i was the first one (of the unknowing audience) to see Branford backstage warming up and getting his reed ready for this birdsong. our 'spot' couldnt have been better, one tier up, in this off-limits flat area, directly above the portal, stage left, behind stage.
The stage was such that there was no obstacles to look through to see the band, and monitors on that both back corners made great sound. our flat spot had no guardrail either and although highly illegal to be there dancing, our usher seemed to choose the path of, "well lets see if they get out of control/fall off the ledge" and we accepted the challenge.
So there was this shimmer. in the darkness backstage, and it was definitely a brass instrument. then i saw it was straight and couldnt figure out what the hell it was, a clarinet? a sax? OH SHIT THATS BRANFORD!!! i remember whisper/yelling to my friend Kristen, "Is that Branford?" she was like "i dont know honey is it?"
and then boom. the tastiest little birdsong ever. but that wasnt even then thing ya know? and it wasnt the dark star either. even though those are epic in their own regards.....
to me it was the damn 'Eyes'. it set the whole thing off and put it in stone. Branford was there. "Hes gonna probably play this whole set. Wow this eyes is good. Holy Shit." and it was all the riffing going on between he and jerr. and like this thing branford kept doing, over and over. and from then on i couldnt ever hear eyes without that horn piece. and it was a good thing!
just slaying it, comfortable from the beginning of the song through the whole thing. effortlessly soloing, riffing with jerr, even inspiring him to flick on his futuristic horn midi effect, and it was just really the whole night embodied. you were at a dead show, it was a special guest night. it was the RIGHT guest, and they were slaying it. and further more, the eyes was the epitome of that WHOLE notion and emotion. everyone in sync. feeling it together. great song choices, epic jams, up up and away.
one of my fave dead shows of all time.
Subject: Help on the way?
Who can help me procure a good copy of this show? Any help would be grately appreciated...I have some old cassettes from other NY shows from the 80's that I would love to trade for a disk of this. email@example.com
Burnt Rich -
Subject: ChrisTan and samurakyjelly..... Essay services and induction stoves?
Beat it. Posting that crap here is akin to pissing on someone's grave.
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We tested the unit by wetting the bottom of a cold pan and watching how it dried. The center bubbled and dried, but the outer bottom was only warm to the touch. I thought perhaps it was defective, but other reviewers have commented on the problem with induction stove.
Subject: What a show!!
This show is clearly outstanding. My issue has always been that the sbd is too reverby, and although the audience recording is a bit distant, it is also the way I first heard it.
Then Hunter Seamons did the Matrix. Get that one. What gets drowned in reverb becomes more defined by the audience recording. What was distant in the Audience recording is brought into focus by the SBD. Further, the Matrixing is really outstanding.
Enjoy for years to come.
Subject: Top 5 Shows OAT
This was one of THOSE shows. Start downloading one before you finish this. Not just b/c of Branford, but that helped for sure. A mind blowing performance. There is nothing not to like. The whole year was fantastic. Including the Europe run. Best decision ever was to charge it up and do these tours.
I knew it was going to be good before it began when I introduced myself to the person sitting next to me and told them I was from DC. She said, "I know I see you on the train every day." OK. No surprise b/c all of you real heads know that the GD was the Clearinghouse for all of the leftover coincidences in the universe.
When we left this run one show early (to make the trip to GA not so long) we were on the way out of Long Island late-night. Got to the toll plaza, which was backed up for about 3/4 mile. We could see one booth was green and had no cars in the lane clear to the booth. We figured WTF? and sped right up to it with our VA tags on the car. Just a couple hicks right? We look up and the sign says, "exact change $5" Next to that, "Backing out of toll booth illegal in NY". A hungry looking cop strutted out from behind the booth, eyeing the freaks and the VA tags. Starry eyed Tourmasters of the Universe dump half the roll of quarters into the hopper chicka, chicka, chicka chicka. Later dude.
I don't know if touring with the GD was the last great adventure in America but it sure was the most edifying 10-15 years I can imagine, and I thank everyone who was in every parking lot from here to East Jabib for making it so fun.
Subject: The best
This is the best show I never attended. Due to financial constraints I could only attend a few shows from Spring '90. I only made to Landover & that was it. Thank God we have te IA. Thank you for posting this absolute gem of a show from an awesome year. Branford & later on in the year, Bruce truly brought out the best in Jerry. Why isn't this run officially released?
grateful greensky -
FANTASTIC soundboard of great show start of the show is good and keeps elevating from there.Branford sounds great for sitting in for the first time you can hear some really good feeding off each other tween Jer and him,Phil is just everywhere and in the mix perfect what a show 5 stars for both sound and playing,1990 shows where good but not my fav. but this is a must for me.tune in and see for yourself..LONG LIVE THE DEAD!!!
Subject: maybe the best ever
Of the 80-95 years
Subject: a classic from the '90s...
is still a classic.
holy shit. this is good.
the interplay between jerry and branford is incredible. Something just clicked on this night. The pre drums and bird song features some of the most magical moments of the bands entire career; especially post 1980'. The post space is average at best. But holy shit...the eyes is in in my opinion, more dynamic and aesthetically pleasing to the ears than anything from 73-78'. If you have yet to listen to this show...do it NOW. Peace- Seth Stine
Subject: HELL YA!!!!!
Subject: More memories from the Greeks right on to Nassau
So there I am standing on a corner in Berkley California in for three days at the Greeks and a Peace walk (1988) in the Park and someone hollers "hey Paul" well I'm the only one on this particular corner on this partuicular day, on this particular moment, and my name happens to be Paul - guess I'll turn around - and off we went like a shot - Janice my old friend from school, the radio station and back east - so's ya know the Dead always do this - to all of us - but you knew that - anyway - off to New Orleans in the Fall for the Lake Front Show - on the floor running around - dancing madly - local television filming us - stuff that back in your fanny pack dude - your on T.V. - small venue 5,000 (I think) joy, and back on Bourbon street hanging out with Kreutzman - two nights in a row - meeting at the same spot(?) - LOL - make it stop - no don't - hey bill we gotta stop meeting like this - sharing drinks - I'll come by the studio next time I'm in town - yeah right Billy - we still love you anyway - Janice wants to know where Brent is - me Billy, and Healy laugh, full belly laughs and its always the way.. and off we go - phone rings "Paul got tix's to Nassau want to drive up" - muffler falls off on the island - the car - keep in mind it's a mercury lynx with over 80,000 miles on it - and I drove that sucker to Buffalo 7-16-1990 - "you drove THAT car to Buffalo- I wouldn't have driven it around the block!" - my stage hand friend says - and well I miss Jeff too - lots of fun great story's and Janice thank you for this show and running with me for a few brief moments back then - I miss hearing from you - say hello sometime - it'll probably be some corner, some sunny day.
This show is a true gem - I love the song selections and Branford just kept that whole New Orleans vibe going - Jerry definitely was playing with his toys that night and Dark Star to boot - the sound of this mix is great. It's about the experience - it's about the trip - connoisseurs can rap and slap this, that and the other tech kind a thing - but if finding this show and hearing this show slaps a big old dumb grin on your face - you can't wipe off - then trade for it or blanks and postage a kind friend. It's about the vibe and to the extent that this database and the beautiful souls that populated it help re-kindle that vibe, that fire, that passion, that insight, that reminder that something greater than the whole can happen and should well - it's a better world for it back in the moment then and now - keep it positive thoughts like ripples on still water - echo out permeating all.
1st show: Cornell 5/8/77 (in the womb). 1st on 2 feet was this one (13 y/o). Only saw a few others but man am I one lucky S.O.B. Any help downloading would be much obliged.
Subject: Wish I was able to experience this
Whoever attended this show, is very lucky person.
Subject: Among the best I ever saw!
This show ranks in my top 5 of all time, for shows that I attended.
It is really tight throughout, and the jamming is quite out there with the unique help of Branford.
In response to someone who believes that it deserves the same recognition os the Barton Hall, Cornell show of the 1977 spring run, it's like apples and oranges. Also, this show did not circulate widely as a sbd, while everyone had a crispy cassette of Cornell.
It certainly has stood the test of time! And there are other great East Coast shows from the same run, and for the next year, so there are many other shows that get recognition.
Other contemporary shows to check out...
10/16/89 (and the often overlooked 10/15, second set)
and of course the Albany spring 90 shows immortalized in "Dozin at The Knick".
Subject: missed the damn show
only one in the new haven area who did, but a soundbord quality tape made it back and was the center of attention for some real wild times starting the next morning. remember getting chills just reading branford marsalis' impressions of playing with the boys and in front of the crowd. mmm-mmmm.
Subject: Keep it!
Want to know a simple way to keep (download) these awesome Dead SBD's ?? Want to get back at Bobby for pulling them?? Hit me up, firstname.lastname@example.org
Best "Eyes" ever IMO. '74 Eyes were great but you just can't beat this one w Branford sitting in.
Subject: I have it on tape but you didn't leave an email
write me. :)
Chris Freedom -
Subject: Nassau Dark Star
I went through all the labor of figuring out when was the last Nassau Dark Star. I spray painted a huge bed sheet and I intended to hang it from the rafters. showed a few folks before the show who just laughed at me. long story short -I had really good seats and the show was so hot I totally spaced putting up the banner.
Mr Benson12 -
Does any1 have this night on tape or disk and would b willing to trade. I have been obsessed with this whole night. Especially from when bobby introduces brandford on bird song, from then on i cant get enough of it. Please some1 get back to me. Have a grateful day
Subject: Good stuff!
I was there that night. Didn't remember much about the first set, beyond the fact that it closed w/ masterpiece/bird song promised land. Second set was unbelieveable. I'm not sure why they put Eyes from the second set on w/out a net....Birdsong was FAR better. Anyhow, this one was memorable for sure. Branford was an awesome addition, adding just enough...but never overpowering.
Hungrige Geister -
Subject: Thanks Andy Bear Greider
A MUST for anyone who is into this band.
does anyone know where i can download this show? i cant figure it out on here. i am new to this site. thanks for your help. email@example.com for help
Born Dead -
Subject: Has it been almost 17 years already?
Dead shows were selling out so fast in those days. First I got a credit card but began getting shut out by TicketBastard the first hour or sooner the show went on sale via telephone. You had to get tickets via GDTS to be assured getting your golden tickets. I bought any tickets within 100 miles and put off the logistics of getting there until later. Fucking Branford Marsalis playing with the Dead. Jerry was really happy to have him there, I could tell. I think they both were a little bit nervous or just not so rehearsed, but it gave a very loose, jamming and exploratory feeling that had been missing and such giant talents playing together were bound to yield some real gems. Branford's soprano sax always had given me chills and it really inspired Jerry... that midi flute on his guitar was incredible. Can you say jazz and eyes? Worlds colliding. So unusual but so perfect. I tripped out on the Eyes > Estimated little reversal thing. Then Dark Star.
Subject: unbelievable Jack Straw
everyone knows about the Birdsong and set 2, but dont forget about the opening Jack Straw, which is one of the finest i have heard. Amazing backup vocals from mr mydland.
Subject: Oh, What a Night!
19 years old, attending Nassau Community College, which is right next door. Blew off lacrosse practice, sold some textbooks to get money for the evening and headed over to the Coliseum. Had been to the opening night show which was Wednesday the 28th! Good show, stayed pretty straight for that one. The same cannot be said for this Thursday night! First off, soo many more people showed up for this night. The lot is packed. Find some doses, and head to the show. I'm getting a drink when I hear the opening notes of Jack Straw.. complete pandamonium! I was about 25 rows out, my mind was awash in color! The lights and the sounds changed my life forever! I really don't remember much of the first set, I was completely out of my mind. I had no idea Branford played during the first set. Promised Land rocked me to my soul!
The second set was ATOMIC! I love that description! I rember one awkward moment where Jerry kind of bungles a line in Dark Star and Weir got pissed and sat down on a case throughout the remainder of the song. Then he capped the night w/ an intense Throwing Stones>Lovelight! I had some girl blowing on my neck trying to cool me down during Knockin' on Heavens Door. It was a magical night. After the show was over, I very slowly drove to my neighborhood bar that served minors, and all my friends were getting drunk dancing to whatever, Led Zepplin, and they asked how the show was.... All I could do was smile, smile, smile!
What are you kiddin me!!!!people think this is overrated, give me a break, did you listen to the eyes/bird ...what a sweet sound to have jerry backed-up with a sax...poeple this is a must show to have in the collection...i was there and my hair still stands up when i reminisce.......
Subject: My first Dead show!
Man was I blessed to have this show as my first Grateful Dead experience. I was a senior in High School in 1990 and this show changed my life! Branford Marsalis graced the Long Island stage for the first notes in "Birdsong" and blew notes for the rest of our evening. The "Eyes of the World" from this performance made the cut on the "Without A Net" live release. I give it a 5 star rating not on the recording but on it's experience in my life!
Subject: VERY TRUE
What a second set! First set here is no slouch, but the 2nd overshadows it.
Incredible show, great vibes thru-out.
To me, this show is what it was all about. You can feel the energy in the air, and well to add Branford to the mix, just incredible
Subject: dick enberg
to quote my favorite sportscaster of all time, "oohhhh my". been waiting to get a complete show of this for years now. This is what is all about. The only reason why this isn't mentioned in the same breath as 5/8/77 is Cornell's epic first set as well. this second set is Atomic. Worth every bit of hype this show has gotten over the years. This is "dead101" A MUST for anyone who is into this band.
Funny, even if people feel this is overrated(which is fine) to only have 25 reviews for what has to be considered a historic evening is a bit shocking. Then to look at the last gig they played at soldier field which is a sub par performance to say the least and have 200 plus reviews is bizarre. Oh well their loss.